The New Haven Athletic Program will honor two athletes and recognize the 1960 Cross Country team during its Hall of Fame inductions at halftime of the New Haven varsity boys’ basketball game February 15 against Heritage High School. Previous Hall of Famers will also be introduced and recognized at the game.

This year’s inductees include 1980 graduate Jim Fitzgerald the only athlete in Bulldog history to run in both the 400 and 800 meter at the State Meet. Fitzgerald was a four-letterman in both Track and Cross Country and a state qualifier in both. His 49.0 time in the 400 Meter run is still the school record. Fitzgerald continued his running career at Southwest Michigan College where he was an All-American in the 800 Meter Run and the 4X400 Meter Relay. Fitzgerald was a National Champion in Cross Country as well as participating in the National Champions in Cross Country while at Southwest Michigan College. Jim Fitzgerald currently assists with the New Haven Track and Field Team.

Brandon Martin from the class of 1991, was an eight varsity letter winner at New Haven with four letters in baseball and two each in basketball and football. Martin earned All-Conference honors in both football and baseball and capped off his senior year with First Team All NHC, First Team All-Area, First Team All-State and named to the IHSBCA North All-Star squad. Martin won a school record 13 wins pitching for the Bulldogs, and hit over .400 and scored 47 runs. Both his win numbers and runs scored remain school records. Martin continued his baseball career at Indiana State University playing with fellow New Haven star, Dave Doster. Martin also coached successfully at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise Arizona before returning to Fort Wayne in 2017.

The New Haven High School Athletic Hall of Fame will recognize its first team to the Hall of Fame with the introduction of the 1960 Cross Country team who finished second at the state meet in the fall of 1960. The 1960 team captured the NEIAC meet, won the Sectional and finished second at the state meet, the highest finish of any New Haven athletic team ever. The Bulldogs were coached by Jim Weaver. Team members included: Irwin Schnelker, Larry Warrick, Dave Bazinett, Don Stine, Dennis Kummer, Dennis Renier, Neal Wissman, Bill Foust, Larry Rothenhofer, Dave Sutton, Jerry Ellis, Ron Berning, Larry Keeler and Bill Whitten.

POSTED: 01/25/19 at 10:47 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports